In response to COVID-19, a lot has changed in terms of travel and what our new normal is as a society. In Whistler, it’s no different. Many changes have been made so that everyone can visit the mountains in a safe manner while flattening the curve. This includes changes to accessing the mountain, in particular, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. To make sure both guests and staff are safe, here is a rundown on what to expect when riding the Whistler Mountain Bike Park this season.
Renting Bikes and Equipment
Rental shops all around Whistler are in operation and offering full rental services, including mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, cross-country bikes, and necessary protective equipment. Each shop may have its own protocols in place, but social distancing and hand sanitizing remain in use resort-wide. Where distance is not able to be maintained, it is recommended (and sometimes required) to wear a mask. Finally, to make sure that the rental products are safe to use, bikes are thoroughly sanitized after each use, all gear is washed and a disinfectant is applied to kill any germs.
In The Lift Lines
Ride with your group or lap solo. Guests are asked to maintain physical distance from those not in their party. To help with social distancing, guests will only be allowed to ride with travelers in their parties. You don’t have to worry about being paired up or asked to ride the chairlift with others. If a six-foot (2 meter) distance can be maintained, then two people may ride the chairlift seated on opposite sides. Additionally, markers have been placed in the line-up six feet apart. Face masks are mandatory anywhere that effective social distancing is not possible, including waiting in line, loading and unloading lifts, and riding in a gondola cabin. For cashless transactions, pre-purchase your day tickets and multi-day passes prior to arriving at the lift line.
On The Mountain
Whistler Blackcomb is making sure that the trails are safe and this means additional maintenance to address any hazards. As a result, the trails are in immaculate condition. Hero dirt, buff corners, and perfect lips on jumps – it’s everything a mountain biker could ask for!
Celebrating a great day on the mountain and riding bikes is still possible. Restaurants in and around Whistler village remain open, however, some do have reduced hours. It is recommended to call ahead and book a reservation where possible. Additionally, to ensure physical distancing, dining operations are running at a reduced capacity. Outdoor seating will be available at many establishments and is encouraged.
The safety of guests, staff, and the surrounding community is of the utmost importance in Whistler. This includes when riding the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. With the above information, you’re sure to feel safe while preventing the spread of COVID-19 on and around the mountain. Book your stay close just moments away from the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, at the Listel Hotel Whistler.